By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — The Dearborn and Dearborn Heights Goodfellows and their volunteers collected more than $85,000 from newspaper sales for their respective annual “No Child Without a Christmas” campaigns.
In Dearborn, $45,000 to $50,000 was raised, and Dearborn Heights had an unofficial total of $36,577 collected over the Dec. 2 to 4 weekend.
“Funds raised positively reflect the generosity of the community,” Dearborn Goodfellows President John Thompson said. “Our fundraising ventures have seen an increase of support over the last few years.”
Dearborn Heights had a $3,000 decrease from its $40,259 total raised last year, but Goodfellows Tresurer John Zadikian remind positive.
“I’m always a little disappointed when I see our numbers and volunteers drop like they did this year,” he said. “However, the silver lining is that the need for assistance this year is less than it was in 2015, so even with the lower dollar amount, we’ll be fine. This community still brings everyone together for the greater good, and I am grateful for that.”
Goodfellows in Dearborn and Dearborn Heights aim to help 900 to 1,100 children each year.
Volunteers collecting money in 2016 included police officers, firefighters, high school honors clubs, business owners and other volunteers. Donations are collected on street corners and busy intersections, in front of businesses and at community centers.
The highest-grossing amount in Dearborn Heights was collected by Dearborn Heights Police and Reserves at $7,500 followed by the city’s Professional Firefigthers Union which turned in $4,522. Third was the volunteers from the Msgr. Hunt Knights of Columbus at $3,571.
A variety of gifts are purchased and will be given to children between the ages of 2 and 11 who live in Dearborn and Dearborn Heights.
Gifts in Dearborn are packaged by volunteers and delivered to children on Dec. 16 and 18, respectively. In Dearborn Heights gifts are prepared and distributed to families for pick up at Berwyn Senior Citizen Center, 26155 Richardson.
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